Development and Preliminary Validation of a New Measure of Values in Scientific Work

Tammy English, Alison L. Antes, Kari A. Baldwin, James M. DuBois

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In this paper we describe the development and initial psychometric evaluation of a new measure, the values in scientific work (VSW). This scale assesses the level of importance that investigators attach to different VSW. It taps a broad range of intrinsic, extrinsic, and social values that motivate the work of scientists, including values specific to scientific work (e.g., truth and integrity) and more classic work values (e.g., security and prestige) in the context of science. Notably, the values represented in this scale are relevant to scientists regardless of their career stage and research focus. We administered the VSW and a measure of global values to 203 NIH-funded investigators. Exploratory factor analyses suggest the delineation of eight VSW, including autonomy, research ethics, social impact, income, collaboration, innovation and growth, conserving relationships, and job security. These VSW showed predictable and distinct associations with global values. Implications of these findings for work on research integrity and scientific misconduct are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-418
Number of pages26
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018


  • Measurement
  • Research ethics
  • Research integrity
  • Responsible conduct of research
  • Values
  • Values in scientific work


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